Originally known as East Lithgow, Blackheath is a region located in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia and as one of the highest of towns in the Blue Mountains area above sea level, there is plenty of fresh air and amazing views.
The name ‘Blackheath’ was given by the then Governor Lachlan Macquarie due to the black wild appearance of the native shrubbery and landscape of the area. Here’s some interesting things you could do while hanging around at Blackheath.
Admire the scenery
Pulpit Rock Lookout is just a 15 minute walk from where you park, but to get there you do have to drive through unsealed dirt roads. The hike itself is a medium difficulty one but has a great reward of its spectacular views. This lookout is one of the lesser known ones but provides a 360 panoramic view of the mountains if you walk all the way down the stairs where it points out.
The Govetts Leap Lookout is the most popular lookout in the area, boasting clear views of the waterfall on the opposite side. Evans Lookout and Perry’s Lookdown share similar views to Govetts Leap Lookout, but at different points across the mountains of the Grose Valley.
Get involved at the local events
The Blackheath Rhododendron Festival… Rhododendron sounds a bit like a many-sided shape but it is actually a genus of woody plants that bloom from winter to early summer.
Azaleas are a species that are part of the Rhododendron genus. This festival is held annually on the first weekend of November and features attractions such as its garden and art exhibitions and more.
For monthly events, there is the Blackheath Growers Market where you can buy and indulge in regional food produced by local growers and try artisanal foods. The market is held on the second Sunday of every month from 8am-12pm.
Indulge in some local food
If you’re a lover of eating apples, head on over to Logan Brae – a boutique apple orchard with history dating back to 1919 where it was first planted and the Shipley Plateau which is a few minutes away was an important area for apple growing. It’s the last remaining orchard in the area so make a visit for apples, apple juice and all sorts of delicious foods such as apple pies.
Blackheath is home to many great cafes such as Anonymous Cage, Vesta and Victory Cafe. There are plenty of dining options available in the area.
To further enjoy the wide open spaces of Blackheath, why not head to Centennial Glen Stables and go on a horseback riding tour on a sunset ride with great views along a variety of trails. Trail rides go for 2-5 hours depending on what you sign up for.
The Blue Mountains area is a must see for both local and international travellers! Be sure to cross off Blackheath on your bucket list!
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